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Facing those deaths One hundred and 71 years ago today, on the 22nd of August 1844, right about 11:30 in the morning, a little girl was born at home at Buntentorsteinweg 64, in the City of Bremen, Germany. Her name … Continue reading

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Too much serendipity??? Okay… cue the Twilight Zone music. The Legal Genealogist is in Columbia, Missouri, for the Annual Conference of the Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA) and wondered, just for the heck of it, if there was some family … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Phoenix! It was one of those conversations you never forget. The Legal Genealogist‘s niece, Bobbi, had called just before Christmas to say she’d pretty much given up on having a second child. It had been more than five … Continue reading

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A soul lost to a devastating illness When the telephone rings at five o’clock in the morning, you know the news is not going to be good. And that morning in June, 10 years ago, The Legal Genealogist‘s family had … Continue reading

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No. No, no, no, no. Just no. The Legal Genealogist can’t handle this on a rainy nasty Saturday morning. No. My fifth great grandmother was Elizabeth (Pettypool) Jones. She was born around 1750, and died in September 1818. She is … Continue reading

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Our July babies You know you’re getting older when… … the birthdays on the calendar represent more of the kin you’ve lost than the kin still living. Now, for The Legal Genealogist, of course, that’s not all that unusual… we … Continue reading

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Welcome, Jimmy… and welcome freedom Today, in Flagstaff, Arizona, the sun is shining and the air is clean and clear. And the family of The Legal Genealogist is gathered here to watch a beloved niece, Katya, walk down the aisle … Continue reading

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Not the way it’s supposed to be Child mortality. The words are devastating. As human beings, we rail against the reality that we will most likely bury our grandparents and our parents and ours aunts and uncles in our lifetimes. … Continue reading

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In their footsteps Any genealogist who has ever had the great good fortune to find and walk an ancestor’s land knows there are no words that can be found — and none that are required — to describe the experience. … Continue reading

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There’s a reason why we cite sources… The Legal Genealogist almost wept yesterday. First, with joy, on finding for the very first time what looked like it might be a specific hint to the burial places of my third great … Continue reading

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